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Higgins announces federal grants for first responders in Niagara County & Amherst

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Tue, Jul 7th 2020 05:15 pm

Awards fund personal protective equipment for response during COVID-19

Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and Ellicott Creek Fire Co. to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

Niagara County Department of Emergency Services was awarded $77,295.45. Ellicott Creek Fire Co., which serves the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda, received $3,750.39 in federal funding.

Higgins said, “This emergency funding provides necessary resources to protect those who protect our community.”

FEMA lists the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as eye protection, isolation gowns, protective coveralls, gloves, respirators and face masks, as the primary funding priority for these grants.

The CARES Act included $100 million in COVID-19 supplemental funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to support first responders during the coronavirus outbreak. This is in addition to and separate from the $350 million appropriated in 2019 for the AFG Program. Awards are made through a competitive application process reviewed by a panel of fire and emergency personnel peers.

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